I have been feeling more connected with other Glitchen lately! I leave messages and packages with butlers, and have received messages and packages that have made me smile :) I feel more connected through the trade channel and find it fun sometimes to buy and sell in ways that aren't as faceless as the auction house. I don't think anything's wrong with the auctions at all. But it's fun to go to someone's home street to buy and feel more like you're supporting a person, or talking to Glitchen about deals or thanking them/being thanked for transactions. I've had butlers talk to me by name when I was on a home street - and even giving out and accepting gifts, while it isn't quite as personal as a one-on-one gift, lets me know that on the other side of the butler is another Glitch and it makes me hope they are having as much fun with the game as I am. I love being able to comment on people's snaps - so many neat and fun and silly things to be shared! - and I'm sure there's tons more I'm forgetting.
I think there is definitely a lot of room to grow in this area. A lot of new players have trouble finding Global chat, for example. But I'm so excited about these past changes, and I look forward to new changes such as group halls. So yes, just wanted to share this with you as it has just hit me lately how pleased I am at all these exciting things :)